Our prediction for this match:
Sweden and Denmark, the two teams who take part at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, take on each other at Stockholms Olympiastadion in a friendly game. The Swedes qualified for the showpiece tournament in Russia thanks to a win over Italy in the play-offs and they are certainly brimming with confidence ahead of Saturday’s football match against Denmark. The Danes, on the other hand, rolled over Republic of Ireland in the play-offs, but they have yet to face the toughest challenges. Sweden are tough to beat at home, but beating Christian Eriksen and his teammates, is easier said than done. Both sides are likely to go for a win in the Stockholms Olympiastadion clash and we predict that the two Nordic sides are going to share the spoils this time out. It is well known that Sweden and Denmark played out a 2-2 draw at Euro 2004, which helped them book their place in the knockout stages of the tournament.
Highlighted Player (Martin Olsson):
Martin Olsson is an experienced Swedish defender who has spent his entire professional career up to date in England. The left-sided defender came through the Hogaborgs BK academy, but he went on to join Blackburn Rovers before turning 18. Olsson quickly managed to nail down a regular starting berth at Ewood Park, and he made a total of 117 league appearances ahead of signing for Norwich City in the summer of 2013. The Swedish left-back couldn’t help the Canaries avoid relegation to the Championship, but he featured in 45 league games as they secured a straight return to the elite division. Olsson was at times linked with top European clubs, but a big club move never materialised for him, although there is still time for him to make the next step. Also capable of playing on the left wing, Olsson scored 5 goals in just over 30 outings for the Sweden national team, making three appearances at the Euro 2012 finals in Ukraine and Poland.
Highlighted Team (Denmark):
The Denmark national team participated at the World Cup finals on four occasions and they recorded their best result at the 1998 tournament. The Danes made it to the quarter-finals of the 1998 World Cup in France, but Brazil proved to be a big catch for the Nordic side. De Rod-Hvide did remarkably well to win the 1992 European Championship, but they were more than fortunate to qualify for the Euro finals. Denmark finished their qualifying campaign in second place in the group, but thanks to Yugoslavia’s exclusion from the competition, the team booked their place at the Euro 1992 finals. Denmark impressed at the tournament in Sweden, with the team outplaying Germany in the title game (2-0). Brothers Michael and Bryan Laudrup and goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel are regarded as Denmark’s most notable players. It has to be noted that Morten Olsen was in charge of the Danish national team from 2000 to 2015. The Danes play their home games at Telia Parken and the capacity of the venue is 38,065 (all-seater).